Crozet/Western Albemarle Giving Tree to recognize donations of $1,000 or more

Donations of $1,000 or more to the Crozet Library furnishings fund will be recognized with an engraved leaf on a bas-relief Giving Tree which will be installed on the left wall of the new library foyer.

Consider a gift in honor of someone special — such as this example leaf shows and as Lucy Goeke mentioned in our ad in the current Crozet Gazette. The leaf will accommodate up to three lines of 20-23 characters and spaces per line.

Your, or your group's name, could go here. Size ~ 3.5" x 1.75"

Consider coordinating the gifts of a group or neighborhood. The Leadership group at Western Albemarle High School is coordinating a number of fundraisers to achieve a leaf on behalf of WAHS Students. The Crozet Library Monday Evening Book Group is taking collections from their members at each monthly meeting; not only do they hope to achieve a donation of $1000, but also they plan to designate those funds for the folding chairs in the new community room where they will be meeting next year.

Donations will need to be received by June to be included in the Giving Tree for the grand opening in September. Leaves can continue to be added as donations are received.

A Giving Tree example; the Crozet/Western Albemarle tree will be similar.

To donate online go here. You may also mail a check, payable to Friends of the Library with “Crozet Library” in the memo line, to:

Crozet Library Furnisings Fund
c/o Friends of JMRL
1500 Gordon Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

GA conference budget includes $125,000 for Crozet Library.

This just in from Richmond:

The General Assembly budget conference report was just released and it includes the $125,000 contained in the House budget proposal for the Crozet Library.

Thanks to all who contacted the members of the Conference Committee with your support.

  1. Some members of the General Assembly reported back that they heard from so many people in support of this funding it was second only to calls regarding state redistricting.
  2. To the best of my knowledge, this is the largest chunk of money we’ve received. (Friends of JMRL, Perry Foundation, and Tom Shadyac have all donated $100,000.)
  3. Since sufficient funds have already been raised for furnishings, these funds will all go toward new book purchases.
  4. Disclaimers: This awaits approval from the entire General Assembly (later today?) and the Governor’s signature.

Thank you for everything you have done to support our fundraising efforts.


Shine your dancing shoes! Salute to Swing’s Valentine Swing Dance benefits Crozet Library!

Saturday, February 16th:  Salute to Swing returns to the Field School for a fantastic night of live swing music.

7-8:00 pm — Free swing dance lessons available for all.
8-11:00 pm — Dance

The musicians are donating their time; all proceeds will benefit Build Crozet Library, the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, and the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad. Invite your friends and neighbors to come out for great music and to support all three groups.

Tickets are $20.
All active duty firefighters and rescue squad members admitted free of charge.
Refreshments provided by local businesses and citizen bakers.

Click below to download a flyer to post:
2013.02.16 Valentine_Dance_Flyer

3 ways to support Build Crozet Library via our Barnes & Noble Bookfair, November 2, 3 and 4

1.  Make purchases at the store and mention our name.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
November 2, 3 & 4
9am-11pm (9 pm Sunday)

Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of every sale made to help furnish the Crozet/Western Albemarle Library. Shoppers need to mention Crozet Library to the cashier for the donation to happen.

Local performers, student essay contest winners, and local authors will  be at the three-day bookfair hosted by Barnes & Nobles, Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville to support the new Crozet / Western Albemarle Library. See the schedule below.

2.  Make purchases online and use our bookfair ID number.

On November 5th – 9th, click here:

Use this number:   10853588

November 5th – 9th online sales via can be credited toward our fundraising account by including our bookfair ID number in the designated field at the bottom of the payment page. Our ID number is 10853588.

3.  Donate books via Barnes & Noble’s Holiday Book Drive.

November 1 – December 31

Purchase books to donate to the Crozet/Western Albemarle library.

This year, Barnes & Noble selected the Crozet Library as its one recipient of the Holiday Book Drive donations. Every purchaser during the two months will be asked if they would like to purchase and donate a book from the Crozet Library wish list. These book purchases will be given to the library.

4.  Double Dip Bonus:  Donate books during the Nov 2nd – 4th Bookfair and 1) the library will receive the books, and 2) the purchase amounts will be credited as part of our earnings, increasing the net donated to the Crozet Library.

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The current line up of Bookfair events and programs follows:

Friday, November 2

7:00 p.m.  WAHS student Carly Witt, singing and playing acoustic guitar

Saturday, November 3

11:00 a.m   Story and Craft Time with local children’s author Helen Williamson and Eve Watters, Celtic harpist

1:00 p.m.  Book Signings by over 10 Local Authors (see list below)

Performance by the “Bakers Doesn’t” jazz ensemble from Western Albemarle High School

Sunday, November 4

11:00 a.m. Enjoy Pete and Ellen Vigour’s music for all ages

11:30 a.m. Story and Craft Time with local children’s author Helen Williamson & Eve Watters, Celtic harpist

12:30 p.m.  Charlottesville Waldforf School 8th Grade Music Ensemble

1:00 p.m. Hear the Essay Contest Winners from Brownsville, Crozet, Meriwether Lewis, & Murray Schools

Local authors signing books at the Bookfair – Note, this is the first time this many authors are signing books in the store at one time: 

  •  John Hanny, author of Secrets from the White House Kitchens
  •  Anne Marie Pace, author of Vamperina Ballerina
  •  Sandra Crowe, author of I Didn’t Sign Up for This: 7 Strategies for Dealing with Difficulty in Difficult Times
  •  Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate
  •  Kay Pfaltz, author of Lauren’s Story: An American Dog in Paris
  •  Rita Reynolds, author of Blessing the Bridge: What Animals Teach Us About Death, Dying and Beyond
  •  Kathleen Ford, author of a story in Best American Mystery Stories of 2012
  •  JL Kimmel, author of The Yawning Rabbit River Chronicle
  •  Jonathan Coleman, co-author of West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life
  •  Richard Leahy, author of Beyond Jefferson’s Vines: The Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia
  •  Hannah Barnaby, author of Wonder Show

With so many ways, surely you can Be Part of the Story during our Barnes and Noble events.

Now available at every Mudhouse location: Build Crozet Library coffee beans!

We offer our huge thanks to Mudhouse for custom selecting, roasting, and blending Build Crozet Library coffee beans. Purchase at any Mudhouse location. Every pound sold will generate a $2 donation for books, computers, shelve, and more at the new Crozet / Western Albemarle Library. Of course, to donate directly, you can always go here.
Build Crozet Library coffee beansAnd the enameled pin? Purchase for $5 at Parkway Pharmacy, Crozet Mudhouse, or Over the Moon Bookstore.

New library could be economic engine for Crozet

From the article of the same title, to be published in the July 16th Charlottesville Daily Progress, here’s the link and a few quotes:

Crozet resident Bill Schrader, chairman of the Crozet library fundraising committee, said it’s important that people understand that libraries are more than just repositories for books.

“The library will provide an anchor and focal point for economic activity for downtown,” Schrader said.

. . .

“There’s been several studies done about the return on investment on a library and the basic upshot is that there’s about a $5 or $6 return on investment on public libraries for direct and indirect benefits for the surrounding area,” Tolson said.

. . .

“One of the things we’ve known in this country for a long time is that the investment that our communities have made in libraries has really paid off,” Sullivan said. “I can’t think of another physical facility in a community that serves the different purposes that the library serves.”

. . .

Another study, commissioned by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg library in North Carolina, said that a household that uses all of a library’s available services — such as video rentals and computer training — may save up to $11,565 annually.


Economic engine for the community, broad-based community services, and substantial savings for library patrons.

Truly a win-win-win for the Crozet / Western Albemarle community.

Were you there?

It was the loveliest of days. Hundreds came out to celebrate the occasion.

Great turnout to celebrate new library groundbreaking.

It was a true Crozetian sort of celebration with music,

Music welcomed attendants.


Crozet Mudhouse hand-poured coffee for friends and neighbors.


Boy Scouts prepared for their procession.

multiple generations,

Wendy Saz, Crozet Library Branch Manager, greeted patrons

and, of course, a few politicians.

Albemarle County Supervisors Duane Snow and Ken Boyd

But the true focus of the day was on building a new library. The first new library building this county has ever built.

Breaking ground for the new Crozet / Western Albemarle Library.


We are grateful for such great community support from the Boy Scouts, Crozet Mudhouse, Stacey McDonough of Due West Photography. This. Is. Crozet.


Now: Let the fundraising begin!

Tuesday, June 26th, marks the groundbreaking of the new Crozet / Western Albemarle Library.

It also marks the launch date of our community-based fundraising campaign to raise the funds necessary to transform the Albemarle County-built building into our new library. We are raising money to provide those furnishings — books, shelves, desks, computers, and much more — at an estimated cost of $1.6 million.

From previous fundraising efforts we have more than $120,000 in the Crozet Library Building fund with the non-profit Friends of the JMRL.

We need your help!

We need your donations.

We need your energy to help spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, employers, and more.

We need your volunteer time to help develop and support community-based fundraising.

We need your efforts to help make this library the heart of Crozet’s downtown.

Please, be a part of the story and help build Crozet Library.

To give today, click here.

To volunteer, write